Rock-A-Thon 2019 has come to an end, and with that comes many emotions. Throughout the weekend tears of joy were brought to my eyes multiple times. Seeing this years Rock-A-Thon being so successful was like a dream come true.
With your help and the support of many local businesses, we fundraised more than $27,000 during Rock-A-Thon itself and the months leading up to it. I’m so proud of how the entire station came together and worked to reach this number, and I'm unbelievably thankful for our community supporting us.
I’m so sad it’s over, but so happy it happened. WLTL means so much to over a hundred student who are involved in radio, and so much to the community as a whole. It’s so many students creative outlets- it's a way for freshman to meet people who become their best friends, it’s a place to talk sports, politics, and music, but above anything else it's a place where no idea is too large. We have opportunities for everyone and anyone to create something they would never have the chance to without WLTL.
Whether its a podcast, a comedy skit, or a music show there's always someone working to make our station the best it can be. It's really no wonder students will stay involved in radio for all four years of high school, and many also carry WLTL into their professional careers. At the station we really are a family. We are incredibly lucky to even have a radio station at LT, especially one so supported by the entire community.
If you told any of the freshman involved in radio that eventually it would feel like a second home they’d laugh. But that's because the have no idea how important it will eventually be to them. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for WLTL, and with the support of Rock-A-Thon and the entire community i'm sure it’ll go on to do amazing things.
I didn’t expect to want to spend so much time in the North Campus basement. I never intended on rounding the corner everyday, looking at the blue call letters blaring at me from across the hall. And yet, WLTL has become more than just a club or job to me.
I’ve never been around so many impressive people. Everyone loves what they do and wants to contribute in any way they can. Sports aficionados, music lovers, and political nerds all gather under the same umbrella, and what they create is the truly incredible part. Having survived over 50 years and seen thousands of students enter through its doors, WLTL evolves, bringing a dying medium to a generation of new innovators. The kids involved are bright-eyed and fearlessly themselves, and the unconventional work environment only fuels their creativity.
What really allows students to make such great work, however, are the resources allotted. There’s constant exposure to new music, with record companies sending us songs and albums on a weekly basis. Anyone wanting to dabble in sports talk has a chance to call one of the many games broadcast, or join a well-prepared and well-represented sports talk show. Three production rooms allow us to knock out any and all pre-recorded content as well as providing podcasting space. Anything imaginable is possible because of what we have at the station.
With so many possibilities and an influx of great people, I’ve thrived in this environment. I entered as a shy, nervous freshman, but now as a senior, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be the person I am without radio. I’m confident in myself, my ideas, and my relationships. It’s fueled my want to learn in new ways, giving me access to technology and mediums I wouldn’t have ever considered. I have a space where talking is encouraged and freedom is given to get work done. I’ve made incredible friends who push me to do what I love and to be who I want to be.
This creepy, corner basement classroom is incredibly important to me. It’s encouraged me to work individually, learn new routes, try different things. I’ve grown up in within the station’s walls and I’ve become someone I’ve always wanted to be.
Thanks WLTL. You’re definitely more than just radio.
-Madison Waliewski '19 :: Director of Marketing and Promotions
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